Dear Olive, .........

October 26, 2017

 

I just wanted to drop you a note to thank you for all the wonderful things you do for us.  You enrich our lives by offering your flavorful goodness to our palates and do so many good things that keep us healthy!

 

To be honest, I haven't always been a fan of yours.  Sure , in a previous life I would tolerate you on pizza.  I have to admit that you pair well with unhealthy things like cheese and processed meats.  I know that isn't your fault; if you had a say in the recipe you would have surely insisted on being added only to a tasty vegan pie.

 

As I have aged, my taste buds have matured, and you have played an important role in that maturation.  No, my fondness for you is not without limits.  I enjoy calamari olives in bread from the Truckee Sourdough Company, but let's be real here, I enjoy all of the breads from TSC!  Maybe someday I'll poke toothpicks in calamari olives and salivate as I slowly raise the olive to my mouth.  We'll see.

 

For me there is no better olive than the green olive  Shout out to the Meggetta Brand Garlic Stuffed Olives!  These olives grew up in Napa Valley.  I hope fellow olive lovers will help Napa Valley communities recover from the terrible fires there by buying products from Napa Valley and by contributing to one of the many charitable organizations that are helping there.

 

 

 

Hey, whose idea was it to stuff olives with garlic?  I'm sure you don't mind being stuffed with garlic.  I stuff myself with garlic regularly.

 

You know Olive, in Reader's Digest Food Cures, in the index olives are listed right after "obesity".  As fate and the alphabet would have it, you are tied to obesity and not just in the index.  Now this is a good thing, because many of the bad things about obesity are things that you can help fight.

 

I don't want to give you a big head, but you are one bad ass fruit!  Imagine being able to fight Alzheimer's disease, memory loss, and wrinkles!  Cancer, too!!! 

 

8 Health Benefits of Olives

 

You'd think old farts like me would be eating mass quantities of you.   I know you are not a miracle worker and that it's about making healthy choices over a lifetime, but it's never too late to start making those healthy choices.  Am I right peeps?

 

 

 

So Olive, here's an amazing set of statistics.  "American's consume about 1/2 quart of olive oil per year.  Italians, on the other hand, consume 3.5 gallons per year.  Spaniards consume 4 gallons per year and the Greeks, they are the champion olive oil consumers with 6.9 gallons per year.  Amazing, amazing that American's are so far behind the other countries.  Consider that olive oil lowers bad cholesterol and raises good cholesterol, produces antioxidants that may protect artery walls, and reduces inflammation which is linked to type 2 diabetes, Alzheimer's disease, and cancer."  Don't take my word for it.  Check out page 63 of the Reader's Digest Food Cures.

 

You are so amazing Olive, whether stuffed with garlic or squeezed into so many different flavorful dipping sauces from the Olive Pit in Corning, California.  BTW the Olive Pit will ship their products.  Check out their website.  Eat healthy my friends.

 

 

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